January 12, 2014

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What I Learned From My Grandfather

This morning as I stepped out into my garage, I looked down and saw an old Kenmore dryer. It was the style that has the black control panel with brown trim on it. I’ve grown to love those machines. They were designed and built back in an era where quality and longevity were highly valued. […]

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January 6, 2014

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Still Earning My Living on Craigslist: 2013 in Review

I was really discouraged the other day as I looked out before me and could see nothing but obstacles. It’s easy for me to focus on the things that need to be worked on and lose sight of the growth and improvements that have recently taken place. So I started reflecting on this past year […]

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December 29, 2013

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The Secret to Selling on Craigslist

You seem like someone I can trust, so I’ll take it, she said.  A surprising number of people have said the same thing. After talking with me for a few minutes on the phone, I estimate at least 90% of callers end up making a purchase. So what is it that closed the deal?  I […]

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December 5, 2013

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How I Got Out of Debt

Three years ago this past month, I sat down for coffee with my friend Jeremy at a Starbucks near our house. Almost 25k in credit card debt, behind on all our payments and ready to walk away from the debts, he talked me out of it. He encouraged me to use the last of my money […]

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November 10, 2013

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How I Get Items From the Free Section On Craigslist

I no longer respond to ads on the free section by telling people I can come right away. I’ve given up. There are so many people sitting on there trying to get the items that it’s not worth my time competing to be the first to respond. The thing is, you don’t have to be […]

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October 31, 2013

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What Every Entrepreneur Needs

Elon Musk describes life as an entrepreneur as being “like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.” It can be painful, lonely and depressing. Discouragement is a frequent visitor to the often worn out entrepreneur. Though many entrepreneurs may be extremely gifted, they still need help. The self made entrepreneur is a myth. […]

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October 24, 2013

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How To Make Money Selling Scrap Metal

I used to be fascinated by the scrap metal trucks driving around town and often wondered how the world of scrap metal worked. How much money are they making each day? How much is the metal actually worth? What do they do with it? Then one day a few years ago I decided to find […]

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October 10, 2013

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Do Things Right The First Time

It will be fine, it’s so close to the main drain pipe that it shouldn’t be an issue, my discount plumber said to me almost four years ago. He said it would take at least an hour for him to cut out and replace the section and that it just wasn’t worth the time and […]

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September 26, 2013

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How To Become Rich

Spend less than you earn. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living. It doesn’t matter if you have a college degree or were born into a wealthy family. It doesn’t matter if you work full time or part time. It doesn’t even matter how much money you make! What matters is how much […]

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September 15, 2013

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How To Negotiate On Craigslist

Many times in life, the difference between success and failure is just a few details. This is especially the case when it comes to negotiating with people in the wilderness of Craigslist. Whether you are negotiating as a buyer or seller, the following 11 tips will help you get the price you want. Negotiating tips […]

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